Bad Weekend At The Box Office

identical_posterWere the studios right or did they make possibly the worst box office weekend of the year happen? Only one wide-release movie came out this weekend and it was an unmitigated flop. Was the post labor day weekend bound to be a disaster which makes the studio wise for holding back new films… or by holding back those films did the studios make this weekend a failure?

Variety is reporting that the estimated totals for the weekend put Guardians of the Galaxy in the #1 spot again, but it could bring in under $10 million which would be the first time in two years that the box office leader was under 8 figures.

Estimates for this weekend rank the top five as:

1) Guaridans of the Galaxy ($9.8 million)
2) If I Stay ($5.8 million)
3) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ($5.6 million)
4) Lets Be Cops ($5.3 million)
5) The November Man ($4.0 million)

The one film that did open wide this weekend, The Identical, is targeted at the faith-based demographic made $534,000 on Friday and looks to make about $2 million this weekend, well below another Christian offering When The Game Stands Tall which made $1 million on Friday.

This weekends total for Guardians of the Galaxy edges it closer to becoming the first film of the year to break the $300 million domestic mark.

For those who are fans of Box Office Mojo, there estimate numbers for the weekend are different and include the Identical bringing in $5 million… but there estimates were made on Thursday while Variety's were today and included the actual take for Friday.

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.